Wednesday, December 8, 2021

What outdoor farming means for urban Black youth in 2021 (report)

Fresh air can do the mind and body good. Research supports outdoor recreation as a promising health win for youth in a post-COVID culture. A recent study from North Carolina State University concluded that participation in outdoor activity during the pandemic actually improved adolescents’ well-being and mental health. Published in the International Journal of...

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2017 USDA Census of Agriculture

The average age of Black farmers is 60. Older than U.S. producers over all.

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Why Black farming cooperatives have to rethink business in the Digital Era

Enslaved African-American people assigned them as “hush harbors.” Informal meeting spaces. Swamps, ravines, gullies and woodlands to congregate and worship secretly in the South....

Former Air Force analyst rallies family to redevelop farmland organically

Steady…steady…BANG! A clear shot takes the 2-foot-long cottonmouth snake out as it slithers into murky pond water. The graceful sharpshooter tucks her 9mm handgun...

Coastal Georgia grower organizes to close grocery gaps in Savannah neighborhoods

J.B. Brantley strapped the cotton down by wagon. Hauled his cash money crop by mule. One hundred bales of it — the difference between...

Descendants of Harris County farmers reclaim trashed historic Black cemetery [case study]

Who. Is. Lucy? And why is an unauthorized power line cutting through her burial site? Splintered beer bottles, busted tires and utility truck tracks...

Black Belt landowners: Clear heirs property titles to profit from COVID relief bill [attorney advice]

SOLD! Forty acres of the Louisiana parcel — gone. Just 10 left to will down the generational line. A family meeting in the ’90s...

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By 2030, almost a quarter of jobs in the Black rural South could become displaced by automation.
— Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

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